I agree not unusual in the Middle east, although this does not make it right nor is it universal.
I was involved in an interesting event 3 decades ago in which a subcontract worker's family from a remote part of Pakistan had sent him to work in the middle east knowing that he had terminal kidney disease. He died and the (local Arab muslim) main contractor paid the expected compensation out of charity and even sent one of the worker's colleagues home with the body knowing he had been scammed. The workers colleagues told us they knew that the deceased connived in the scam. There are several aspects to all incidents.
When in the middle east 15 years ago i thought that some of the safety measures were better than in parts of the UK.
There may be some truth in the implied allegations in Mr Jack's LA times link but the US didn't do anything to help and they won't be pleased at someone else competing with Panama.
This should be an interesting (overdue) civil engineering project.
My early impression was a reminder of our London centric society as in Mr Lee's comment. The video should be very useful in the drive to encourage more young people but I never wanted to work in London. If it had been available 60 years ago it might have put me off. Fortunately it wasn't.
Comment on: Dredging will save more than it costs
This debate has become largely pointless. The only valuable opinions about the merits of dredging are those of experts in the subject. Even so they must be experts without any motivation except to tell the truth. This obviously excludes politicians, contractors and consultants in this field etc. Opinions of residents of flooded areas who are also experts would be very interesting.
I live a long way off, am retired and support Mark Hansford's opinion.